Combine that with traffic that isn't going to worry about you and it can be quite scary riding a bicycle.
Actual conversation between my wife and I one night:
Her: "Geeze! Did you pass that bicycle close enough?"
Me: "What bicycle???"
At least there's no excuse for these electric varieties to not have lights.
Making it electrical won't change things on a practical level in the least. Americans love their gas guzzlers
Americans don't give a crap about gas but we loathe wasting time and money. Make a cheap electric vehicle that can reach the speed limit in short order and Americans will jump on board. Tesla has roughly right idea, if they could just get the price of the vehicle lower than the price of a cheap ICE ($17,000) + its entire lifetime of gasoline cost ($3 gal * 125,000 miles / 25 mpg = $15,000). They're on the right track with the Model X. Given the pollution aspect government subsidies could be extremely helpful here, but politically that'll only happen when ...
1. Detroit starts pushing for it and
2. conservative politicians stop "being skeptical" that pollution is even a thing and that the free market is sacred, never to be touched by unclean government hands.